Wound Drain Removal

Procedure for wound drain removal

   1. Don gloves and personal protective equipment.
   2. Open sterile scissors; cut any sutures, if present.
   3. Open gauze 4 x 4; place gauze close to drain skin exit site; instruct patient to take a deep, easy breath;               swiftly, evenly withdraw drain.
   4. Place sterile dressing over drain exit site and secure with tape.
   5. Document in patient record.

Do not force removal of drain. If resistance is felt, stop and notify physician or advanced practice nurse.